We know this much about Packers general manger Ted Thompson: when it comes to the NFL Draft he is the ultimate wild card. Who knows what he's going to do? This leads to rampant speculation as to what the Packers will do with the 26th pick. So at the very least we can narrow it down to three possibilities, in order of least likely to most likely:
Week 1: Atlanta at New Orleans Without coach Sean Payton the Saints stumbled to an 0-4 start to open the 2012 season. Now Payton is back for a full season and the Saints are poised for a rebound but to do that they must beat the defending divisional champs.
If you missed the Brewers 5-4 win over the Cubs you missed one of the most bizarre plays you'll ever see in baseball. In the bottom of the eighth Jean Segura led off with a single then with Ryan Braun up Segura stole second. Braun subsequently walked.
If the Brewers want to get back to .500 sooner rather than later, they'll need guys like Blake Lalli to do what he did Wednesday night. Lalli, a minor league callup with 26 career at bats under his belt, delivered a game winning pinch hit RBI single in the 9th. It was yet another chapter in what is already a roller coaster 2013 season. We already know nothing is going to come easy for this Brewers team. That means guys like Lalli and Yuniesky Betancourt are going to have deliver a lot more that initially expected.
The NFL announced today that the 2013 schedule will be unveiled on Thursday. Greg Matzek & I decided that, for the the first time, we'll make our predictions as to what the Packers schedule will look like. I'll be honest, this is a big step forward from our usual Kickoff Thursday/Thanksgiving predictions, where we have a pretty good idea of who will play.
With the NFL Draft a little more than two weeks away it's time to start stacking up the draft board so here's my list of the top prospects. This doesn't necessarily represent what a mock draft would look like so there may be some disconnect between where a player is stacked on the board and where he may actually get picked. You may ask yourself, why 133? Well I'm shooting for symmetry as it will take 133 picks to get through the first four rounds so why stop at just 100?
The year is 1983, college basketball is peaking and March Madness had just begun taking off as the best sporting event in the country. CBS began broadcasting the tournament the year before and much like the tournament itself the network was still honing its style.
If Friday night was any indication Kyle Lohse will end up looking like a steal for the Brewers. In his first outing of the season Lohse struck out five of the first six batters he faced and kept Arizona off balance in six innings of work.
As would be expected with a 1-1 record we've seen good baseball and bad baseball with the Brewers. Yes, it's early. Very early. But one trend has emerged with starters Yovani Gallardo and Marco Estrada each going five innings in their respective starts. Sure there's an off day on Thursday but with Wily Peralta slated to pitch on Wednesday and Kyle Lohse expected to go on Friday (we'll get a better idea of what his workload will be later in the week) the bullpen is getting a lot of early work.
For two rounds Marquette lived dangerously. They know how to win in ugly fashion but living dangerously is dangerous for a reason. What if you have a night where everything goes wrong? What if you don't sink three straight threes in the closing minutes? What if you don't play tenacious defense on the last possession after turning the ball over?
It felt like we said it all year: poor shooting will doom the Badgers. It was on full display in the 57-46 loss to Ole Miss. Once you get to the NCAA Tournament the margin of error tightens up considerably, even in a 5-12 matchup. In the final 6:52 the Badgers made only one shot from the floor and that allowed the Rebels to open up a one point game. Those kinds of droughts will kill you this time of year.